The Valleys Velo takes place in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, September 29
An exciting new cycling event - the Valleys Velo Cyclo Sportive - is heading to Rhondda Cynon Taf lthis weekend, offering competitors spectacular rolling mountain scenery and classic climbs, with amazing views and fast descents.
Open to all cyclists, the route will take riders through the stunning Valleys of South Wales including the including the iconic ascents of the Rhigos and the Bwlch mountain passes, before threading its way along the valley floor.
The event is being run in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, the Porth-based Bike Doctor Cycling Club, Meadow Prospects Charity, Craft Sportswear and Griffin Mill Official Nissan Car Dealership.
Following Britain’s cycling successes at the 2012 Olympic Games and the Tour de France, participation levels at events has soared dramatically and the South Wales Valleys are fast becoming a cycling hot bed.
An event such as the Valleys Velo Sportive allows everyone to emulate their heroes such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome and to experience riding in a stunning environment with likeminded people who love their sport.
The Valleys Velo Sportive offers a choice of two distances, at 67km and 95km, which means that there is something to appeal to all ability levels from the new cyclist to the experienced sportive rider.
The Standard Route heads from the Dare Valley Country Park, on the outskirts of Aberdare town centre, to Hirwaun and up over the Rhigos mountain, offering riders stunning views high above Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The route then descends into Treorchy, over Penrhys Hill, Pontypridd, Llanwonno then a final climb over Aberdare Mountain. The total climb of 3,800 feet over a distance of 67km.
The Epic Route, a distance of 95km with a total climb of 6,000 feet, leaves the Dare Valley Country Park towards Rhigos, climbing the stunning Bwlch Mountain before heading down the Ogwr Valley to Blackmill, Tonyrefail, Penygraig then up over Penrhys joining the Standard Route.
Do you have what it takes to compete in the Valleys Velo Sportive? Entry fee is £20 per cyclist, which includes an exclusive event T-shirt
The Valleys Velo Cycle Sportive will start and finish at the Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare, on Sunday, September 29.
Overnight accommodation is also available at the Dare Valley Country Park as well as dining in the newly-opened restaurant, offering both the riders and their families the opportunity to relax before and after the event. Booking in advance is essential. Visit www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk
For further details, or to enter the Valleys Velo Cycle Sportive online, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson
You can also follow the event on Twitter @ValleysVelo2013